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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Extra Choices

And again and again and again. It seems like as time goes on, each weekend there are more and more discounted games for you to use your brain’s purchase appraisal node to consider. Don’t you worry though, as always I’ve rounded up the best ones into one place to help you spend less time looking for games at a good price, and more time playing them. And it this isn’t enough, the constantly updated record of the best deals on games on all platforms over at is just a click away.Batman: Arkham City [Goatee Edition] – £4/€5.99/$5.99
Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
That frustrating point where it’s cheaper to rebuy a game with all the DLC bundled with it than it is to just buy the DLC. I wonder what publishers thinking is by not offering a discounted upgrade option for their earlier adopters when they rerelease games bundled with DLC, it seems to me that it would be a win:win all round. This is a game with Batman in it, and it’s rather good. It’s less focussed than the first game, and there’s a couple of shonky sections, but overall it’s a fitting follow up to the best Batman game yet.

Ground Control – £1.51/€1.78/$2.39
Ground Control 2: Special Edition – £1.51/€1.78/$2.39
Large scale groundbreaking RTS series, that Jim did a retrospective of ages ago when it was being given away for free for some reason. It’s no longer free, but these words are still true:

it was a game that genuinely used terrain in making futuristic warfare interesting to navigate. It wasn’t just about about channeling you towards objectives (although it did do that) it was also about delivering tactical advantage (or disadvantage) as you played. The game’s second mission taught you that a frontal assault on an enemy base was going to be possible, but slow. Against a timed objective, with your limited resources, you’d enter deep water rather quickly. You soon learned to think laterally: driving up to over-looking hills and pounding fortified positions from above was always a better option to start the game. Hit them hard, then come back for the kill.

More here.

Zafehouse: Diaries – £4.99/€5.99/$7.48
Here’s wot Rab thunked about this Zombie survival strategy game thing.

It’s mainly about the relationships between the characters. The game is so simple (essentially a choose-your-own-adventure with some extra choices and a lick of strategy) that you really need this added dynamic of character tension. If your characters hate each other, they won’t work well together. They might even get violent with each other. And seriously, making this bunch of arseholes get along is probably your biggest challenge in the game.

Sounds a little like Zombie FTL with a focus on relationships to me. More from Rab here.

Hotline Miami – £3.49/€4.24/$4.99
What is there left to say about the best game of last year? How about this: playing Hotline Miami has made me no more or less likely to grab any improvised weapon I can find and go on a hyper-violent killing spree through a warehouse full of armed thugs. However, after playing Hotline Miami, if I were to decide to got on a hyper-violent killing spree, I suspect I would be a far more effective killer. The phenomenal soundtrack has also just had a release via Steam, although I highly recommend you don’t fall asleep listening to it, you’ll probably wake up in a place you don’t recognise, with your hands covered in blood.

Deal of the week
Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter, Icewind Dale: Trials of the Luremaster, Icewind Dale II, Neverwinter Nights Complete, Neverwinter Nights 2 Complete, Planescape: Torment & The Temple of Elemental Evil – £7.11/€8.35/$11.24
Well that was a bit of a mouthful. This is a collection of two collections. One collection with all the Neverwinter Nights games, and one collection with all the other D&D games that are included in this collection. These two collections are also available to buy separately, at a slightly lesser discount, here & here. If you’re thinking about Planescaping for the first time, why not hit up Alec’s guide to making it look extra pretty on modern monitors.

Also of note:
THQ Mega Pack – £15.82/€18.56/$24.99
The Darkness 2 – £4.74/€5.56/$7.49
Deus Ex Collection – £7.49/€10.49/$11.24
I Am Alive – £4.41/€5.09/$5.09
Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection – £2.99/€3.99/$3.99. Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”.
Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition – £3/€4/$4. Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
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